Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : post-colonial

A Critical Peep into Identity Crisis in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland

Dr. Prem Bahadur Khadka

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2021, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 579-582

In the discourses of literary analysis the theme of identity is a prominent one. As it is the phenomenon through which a human being gets access into the physical world of existence. But sometimes he/she may suffer from uncertainties and confusions into which his/her identity becomes insecure and suffers from subsequent identity crisis. The Lowland by diaspora writer Jhumpa Lahiri is such kind of novel. It was published in 2013. The plot is centered around two significant events i.e. Marxism and nostalgic sentiment of the characters. The recollections of the characters lead the readers to feel about native land. In this novel The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri has centered her perspectives on the political aspects of postcolonial India. The novel examines lives and conflicts across India and America spanning over fifty years, leading the narrative technique of shifting between two geographical locations and the past and present. Jhumpa Lahiri’s works are a spontaneous outlet of her personal life. She was born in India; her parents were Bengali descendants, brought up on the eastern coast. This critical paper attempts to give a thorough analysis of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland. The issue of identity is conspicuous in the novel and various characters could be analyzed with respect to this. Among many characters one such major character is Gauri, an Indian woman. She became widow and married the brother of her ex-husband. When after marriage of Gauri the couple moved to USA, she started finding her unprecedented multiple (possibly present and the future) identities. Hence, the critical paper endeavors in discussing Gauri’s changes of identity and subsequent crisis throughout the narrative. The discussional article is grounded on theory of identity and its pertinent ideas. It uncovers how migration became a remarkable experience and influenced identity of Gauri.

Search Of Identity: A Thematic Analysis Of Ben Okri‟s Select Novels

Dr. Digvijay Pandya; Mr. Vijay Anand

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 7, Pages 6121-6125

A mundane reading and review of Ben Okri’s fiction leads readers to believe and categorise it as fiction containing common post-colonial themes. A nation born out of shackles of colonialism facing cold was situation, the impending struggle between colonizers and the colonized, corruption, female subjugation etc. are few of the themes readers think are prevalent in Ben Okri’s fiction. But a closer examination of his fiction ushers us into his techniques and literary style with a newness, interweaving simple plots and characters into complex ones giving it a unique identity. One can easily notice how his fiction which has deep insight of African traditional practices presented in a modernized way, shows myriad of themes with a blend of traditions and modernism or bildungsroman and Kunstler roman, all covered and webbed in a quest of identity for a Nigerian who is relegated to oblivion, who seems to be lost since his birth, who has been downtrodden throughout his life, who has been oppressed and has endured atrocities of colonialism, who has been deprived of justice and social equality, who has bruised on his face whenever he has tried to object and question the people in power, who has been victim of political unrest and cold war, who hasn’t lost his spirit and has refused to give in to the hardships of life. Versatility of themes, evident in the varied range ofOkri’s writing, right from novels to collection of short stories and poems, is a deep reflection of his thought processes, a testimony of his undying spirit and endeavours to establish an identity.